'''Neil Halstead''' (born 7 October 1970) is an England|English musician
born in Reading, Berkshire
. He's been hailed by [http://www.allmusic.com/artist/neil-halstead-mn0000329602/biography AllMusic] as “one of Britain’s most respected songwriters,” and Timeout magazine as “one of Britain's greatest songwriters”. The singer/guitarist served as frontman and primary songwriter for Slowdive
(the legendary shoegaze outfit whose seminal studio albums include 1993’s Souvlaki, (co-produced by Brian Eno
). After its 1995 breakup, Slowdive morphed into the Halstead-helmed Mojave 3
and released a string of highly celebrated records that merged jangly alt-country with dusky psychedelic dream-pop. In 2006 Mojave 3 went on indefinite hiatus, prompting Halstead to embark on an acoustic-driven solo career marked by an emphasis on British-folk-inspired melody and a love of surfing . An occasional drift into more whimsical...